Saturday, April 23, 2011

50 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

Fun things to put in Easter baskets that aren't candy. If you are a procrastinator, print this list and take it with you tonight when you go shopping ;) or if you already have your baskets done use as inspiration for next year. Most of these things can be found at the dollar stores and the Dollar Spot at Target.

Candy-free Easter Egg Stuffers (these things are small enough to fit in the plastic eggs):

Play-doh (they make egg-shaped ones for easter)
Stickers (cut sheets or strips or buy the small individual ones)
Temporary tattoos
Small boxes of raisins
Money (coins or small bills)
Small figures (like Polly Pocket or other small toys or animals)
Socks
Barrettes, ribbons or bows
Bubbles (found the small ones in the party favor section at Walmart)

Candy-Free Easter Basket Fillers:

Books! (You could go bunny or spring theme or favorite characters.)
Gardening stuff-shovels, seeds, gloves, small pots to plant in.
Small Lego sets
Card games
Small stuffed animals
Character washcloths (found at Dollar Tree)
Kid-friendly music cds (We like Wee Sing)
Arts and crafts sets- (Michael's usually has bins full of  $1 craft kits-use a coupon for bigger savings)

Dinosaur Fossil Kit (dollar tree)
DVDs and microwave popcorn
Puzzles
Balls
Matchbox or Hot Wheels or other small cars or vehicles.
Fun toothbrush, kids flossers and toothpaste
Bubble bath
Coloring books
Painting sets
Sunglasses
Flip flops
Action toys like jumpropes, yoyos, whiffle ball sets, kites, frisbees, sand toys (most of these you can find at the dollar stores.)

Easter basket treats that aren't candy:

Candy Free Easter Basket Fillers
GoGo Squeez applesauce pouches
Buddy Fruit Squeeze Fruit or fruit bites (found in the produce department but not refrigerated)
Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps (found in the canned fruit aisle)
Annies Cheddar Bunnies or fruit snacks or pretzels (all shaped like bunnies-perfect for Easter)

One more cute idea:
I LOVE the idea of growing real grass in your Easter basket. (I am totally doing it next year.) Line an old basket with plastic. Put a layer of soil then some grass seeds. Cover with another thin layer of soil and water lightly. Keep the soil moist and in about a week you will have a living Easter basket to use for decorating or to make an extra special gift basket.

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